Rae Hughart is National Presenter serving as a Full Time Middle Level Math Educator in Illinois, CMO of the Teach Better Team, and author of Teachers Deserve It & Teach Better books. 
After being inducted into The Illinois State University Hall of Fame in 2017, Rae was awarded the 2018 First Place Henry Ford Teacher Innovator Award for her innovative educational impact through the Teach Further Model. Additionally, Rae serves on several Educational Boards including the role of Vice President with the Association of Illinois Middle Schools (AIMS). 
Rae conducts training on a variety of topics including the Teach Better Mindset, Personalizing Mastery Learning, Dynamic Lesson Planning, Community Partnerships, Targeted Feedback Strategies, and Educator Empowerment by focusing on "Todays Best."
Connect with Rae:
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"Rae Hughart is one of the most dynamic speakers I've ever seen! She provides so many suggestions I can take right back to my classroom. THAT is the type of PD I need!" - MS Teacher, AK


 - The Teach Better Mindset
 - Dynamic Lesson Planning
 - Mastery Learning
 - Grading & Assessment
 - Educator Empowerment

 - "Todays Best" Daily Choice
 - Personalized Student Feedback
 - Community Partnerships
 - Growth Mindset
 - Goal Setting & Reflection

Keynotes, Workshops & Sessions:

Better than Youtube

(Originally designed at a TEDx Event)

We've thrown educators to the wolves as the 2020 school year has begun. Since March, every educator has scrambled to think on their feet and develop learning opportunities for students - spending hours dissecting new technology tools and collaborating with colleagues. And yet, our classroom instruction continues to be rooted in the dark ages. Teachers are more than vessels to carry and share knowledge. Knowledge is everywhere and students can learn almost anything with a few clicks on their device! We can be Better. Teachers are naturally innovative. Teachers are professionals at fostering deep thinking. Teachers love to inspire. So let's stop putting teaching in a box filled with direct instruction instructional approaches and shift toward transforming instruction by personalizing student support with a mastery learning lens. 

Self-paced learning is the motorized engine propelling us forward through this challenging time. We may be on a rollercoaster of emotions this year, but no one can stop an intrinsically motivated learner - not even 2020. Let's leave the low-level direct instruction to Youtube clips and transform teachers from a content delivery system into a facilitator of learning for all. 

Teachers Deserve It

Based off of the Teachers Deserve It Book co-authored with Adam Welcome, educators explore an high energy Keynote with a solution focused lens on what teachers deserve. Lets control the narrative & empower our staff! It’s time to take a stand for what teachers deserve. Every day, educators across the country give students their very best. Yet all too often, the passion teachers put into their work—and the “why” that led them to it in the first place—goes unrecognized. Too many teachers feel overwhelmed, stressed out, underpaid, and unheard. That needs to change. Teachers deserve respect. Teachers deserve time. Teachers deserve better. Whether you’re an educator, an ally, or an advocate, if you’re ready to ignite change in your community, consider this your invitation to be a spark.

Your Mindset leads to Your Impact

Mindset is everything! The scars we carry with us while scaling terrifying mountains or while rolling down hills, each bump and bruise has shaped us into the educators we are today. But, how can we shift our mindset to take these bruises and make them into a purposeful tool to foster our own success? It begins with a personal growth journey and ends with a pursuit toward a never ending professional growth journey toward excellence. #BetterYou

Participants will learn:

  • The connection between Personal Growth and its ability to stifle our Educational Growth
  • Tools on a Mindfulness practice of Goal Setting
  • How your Network can transform your Impact
  • How to Actively Choosing to Excel

Relevancy is your missing Puzzle Piece 

Partner with local businesses to create dynamic, impactful, effective, and connected content by designing themed units dedicated to community engagement. Utilizing data supported best practice techniques, tech tools, and stakeholder ownership, teachers build love for learning and communities thrive on a new found purpose for supporting schools. Don’t settle for STEAM/STEM, PBL, or another acronym for engaged exploration. Choose to blend them together with purpose and rally community ownership!

Participants will learn:

  • The 3 Pillars of Dynamic, Community Inspired Lessons
  • How to enhance Any Lesson for Any Subject Area at Any Grade Level
  • Teach Beyond the 4 Walls of Your Classroom

Diving in Head First into Standards-Based Grading

Take the plunge! You may understand Standards-Based Grading, but how do you make it manageable in the classroom? Join a session dedicated to providing tools to support SBG classroom implementation, parent communication suggestions, report card options, and developing a deeper student understanding of the process! Take off the floaties and let’s head to the deep end!

Participants will learn:

  • The Fundamental Four Pillars of Standards-Based Grading
  • How to Combat Common Concerns
  • What Scores Represent in SBG
  • Manageable Retake Strategies
  • How Standards-Based Grading Can Transform the Way You Teach

      Isolation vs. Integration: Authentic SEL in the Classroom

      As schools build more SEL components into the classroom, it’s easy to fall into the trap of creating isolated activities versus integrating it into the overall classroom environment.  Join us for a dialogue on how to integrate authentic SEL components into your classroom and school environment - allowing us to be a little better today than we were yesterday and a little better tomorrow than we were today.   We will provide examples from various school leader positions as well as create opportunities for sharing! Now let's get out there and Teach Better! 

      Oh How I Hate the IT!
      End the Battle. Build Collaboration.

      Tech may be ever growing, but the way in which we support teachers to utilize these new tech tools is all about personalizing our approach to be teacher specific. Explore the top 8 teacher types that exist in our schools today, laugh at the hurdles and challenges of these personality types, and focus the solutions as we support these educators into being tech nerds in no time! 

      Participants will learn:

      • Explore the 8 Types of Educators using technology in your building
      • Discuss immediate support options
      • Highlight the needed follow up to ensure success

      Mastering Personalized Learning in the 21st Century

      While everyone enjoys the idea of mastering Personalized Learning, it has become increasingly challenging for 21st century teachers to make it a reality – until now! Personalized Learning is more than just a great idea, it is transforming students learning experiences around the country. Let’s talk about the “how” behind implementation and finally reach all of our students.

      Participants will learn:

      • Tools & Strategies to Effectively reach more students
      • How to Increase Student Ownership & Accountability
      • How to integrate current tools with purpose

      60-90 min Session: $1,500
      Keynote (all day): $5,000
      1 Day Workshop: $6,500
      2 Day Workshop: $10,000

      Rae Hughart is also able to provide insight and training on any other topics
      the Teach Better Team supports. Explore more Professional Development options HERE